The DWP has published findings of an evaluation of the removal
of the Spare Room Subsidy, commonly known as the Bedroom Tax. The
evaluation was undertaken by IPSOS Mori and the Cambridge Centre
for Housing and Planning.
The policy was brought in on 1 April 2013 and entails a
reduction in Housing Benefit entitlement for working age council
and housing association tenants whose properties are deemed to have
more bedrooms than needed.
Those deemed to have "Spare Rooms" have their rent eligible for
Housing Benefit reduced by:
- 14% if they are deemed to have one spare room;
- 25% if they are deemed to have two or more spare rooms
DWP Housing Benefit Data show that in May 2013, 547,000
households were affected by the Spare Room Subsidy (11.6% of all
social tenancies). By November 2014 the number had fallen to
465,000 households - a reduction of 14.2% in the first 18 months of
However most local authorities and social landlords reported
that large numbers of households were unable to move because of the
shortage of smaller homes and some claimants said they had not
registered for a move because they were aware of the shortage of
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